Last night was a big night for Marvel Studios. They revealed some casting news, offered up some first looks, and delivered a brand new trailer for their next big blockbuster – Doctor Strange. With director Scott Derrickson on hand, along with stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Mads Mikkelsen, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, the Doctor Strange team stormed the stage at SDCC to deliver the first clip from the film (which was an SDCC exclusive, unfortunately), as well as the new trailer and poster. Following their turn on stage, the cast made their way to the press line and spoke with various outlets regarding the upcoming film, perhaps most notably, Entertainment Weekly and Marvel.
While sitting down with Entertainment Weekly, Doctor Strange himself, Cumberbatch, talked about what makes fans can expect from his character when the movie finally hits the big screen in November. Per Cumberbatch, the Strange we meet in the film is very much a trope. He’s arrogant, rich, and brilliant. This movie is essentially about taking his character out of the “bubble of insularity” he’s created for himself.
“He’s recognizably of our world,” Cumberbatch said. “He’s rich but he’s not a Stark. His past definitely informs who he is, as it obviously does with Tony Stark. And there’s a rich degree of backstory which I’m sure will just keep coming up through our films and the Avengers as well I guess. But the point is you recognize him hopefully as a trope, a type. Very alpha male, very arrogant. Brilliant at his job, but human. Alone at the top of his castle. It’s very Xandau-like, his life. He’s created a bubble of insularity. This is all about him going from a place where he thinks he knows it all to realizing he knows nothing.”
While the Marvel Cinematic Universe has done a rather great job at introducing various types of characters, each with their own unique abilities, the introduction of Strange in November will be the first time the MCU really delves into the mystic arts. Needless to say, he’s definitely a standout among the MCU and the Avengers, something Cumberbatch seems to agree with – citing Strange as “an in-brackets ‘defender.’”
As to where Doctor Strange fits in with the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe, Cumberbatch added, “He’s kind of an in-brackets ‘defender.’ He hold stuff together in a way that’s not always immediately obvious and doesn’t always involve fighting a lot bad guys and stray bullets. There is that but he kind of tidies up the universe and makes sure nothing breaks through the boundaries.”
Of course, Cumberbatch wasn’t the only actor to hit up the press line following the big panel. Mikkelsen and Ejiofor made their way over to give a quick interview to the Marvel.com folks after the panel, and while they didn’t really offer up anything too interesting, those interviews are still worth a watch.
Sources: Entertainment Weekly and Marvel.